Biography – Christopher Burgess

[text_output]Prevendra - Christopher BurgessChristopher Burgess (@burgessct) is an author/writer, speaker, advisor, consultant and advocate for effective security strategies, be they for your company, home or family.  He is the voice of Senior Online Safety, keeping all safe and secure.

Christopher provides content to Sophos’ Naked Security, IBM’s Security Intelligence, DICE’s Clearance Jobs and Cylance’s Blog in addition to the Prevendra Blog and Senior Online Safety.

He previously was CEO of Prevendra, and prior to that he served as the Chief Security Officer, President Public Sector and Chief Operating Officer (2011-2013) of a small start-up within the big data analytic space, Atigeo.  And he also served for a number of years as the Senior Security Advisor to the Chief Security Officer of Cisco, where he focused on intellectual property strategies. Additionally, also while at Cisco, Christopher led the following teams within the Corporate Security Programs Office:  Global Threat Analysis providing geopolitical, economic and security analysis to Cisco strategists; Global Investigative Support providing forensic support to the enterprise’s investigatory groups; Global Government Security Office implementation; the US Government Security Office (NISPOM/DCID); and the eLitigation & eDiscovery support (EDRM) efforts within Cisco.

In addition, he has substantial international public sector experience, having served 30+ years within the Central Intelligence Agency. He lived and worked in South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Central Europe, and Latin America where he acquired a deep understanding of the people, cultures, and business practices of these respective areas. During this career he served in various positions, including that of Chief of Station. As Chief of Station, he was the personal representative for the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and concurrently for the National Intelligence Director within his geographic area of responsibility.  He served as an executive member on numerous regional federal collaborative entities: Joint Terrorism Task Forces, US Attorney Terrorism Task Forces, and Regional Counterintelligence Working Groups. Upon his retirement, the CIA awarded him the Career Distinguished Intelligence Medal, the highest level of career recognition.

Christopher authored the ebook, “Senior Online Safety” (Prevendra, March 2014, Spanish version September 2014) and co-authored the book, “Secrets Stolen, Fortunes Lost, Preventing Intellectual Property Theft and Economic Espionage in the 21st Century” (Syngress, March 2008) and contributed to “Bringing the Social Media Revolution to Healthcare” (Mayo Clinic, October 2012), with a chapter on privacy.

He contributes on a regular basis to the The Huffington Post beginning with the seminal piece, “A Common Sense Approach to Social Media,” as well as on occasion to the Spanish language edition, El Huffington Post. He is a compensated contributor to IBM’s Security Intelligence and DICE’s ClearanceJobs.

In addition, his CSO magazine contributions are highlighted by three pieces, “Social Elements of Security Policy and Messaging” the study “Nation States’ Espionage and Counterespionage, Overview of the 2007 Global Economic Espionage Landscape,” and Inadvertent Disclosure: Know the risks.

He is an invited speaker to a plethora of events and venues, to include AARP’s Scam Jam, Carnegie Mellon University’s CyLab, Mayo/Ragan Social Media Healthcare Summit, Seattle Interactive/Gnomedex; Taia Global’s Suits & Spooks, Washington Technology Industry Association, Cisco Live!; the Interpol Intellectual Property Crime Conference;  and numerous times at the NATO Information Assurance Conference. He has appeared on the BBC, CNBC, Fox Business, Bloomberg and AARP’s Inside E-street.

Media outlets (international, national and local) use him as resource on a plethora of topics to include: International affairs, espionage, intellectual property protection, online safety and security, information security and leadership. These outlets have used Christopher for expert commentary: Voice of America, BBC, El Pais (Madrid), Investors Business Daily, Silicon Angle, Venture Beat, Semantic Web, Pando Daily, PC Advisor, E-content Magazine, Puget Sound Business Journal, Information Week, Beckers Hospital Review, Health Data Management, eWeek, SC Magazine, Security News Daily, AARP, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Computer World, Network World, CNN Money, CRN, Search Networking, Computer Weekly, Carnegie Mellon CyLab

He is a member of the advisory board of Canadian based Nymi, Inc. and has previously served on Mayo Clinic’s External Social Media Board. Christopher has a personal passion directed at creating good citizens of our adolescents, and serves on the advisory board of Love Our Children, USA/Stomp Out Bullying. He also holds membership in professional security organizations and is a member of the editorial advisory board of SC Magazine.

He was previously featured in a Forbes piece:  What do Former CIA Spies do When They Quit the Spy Game?

A compilation of pieces which Christopher authored from 2006-2017  can be found here – Burgess articles

Christopher can be contacted via the information portal or or 425-318-7860[/text_output]


Thought Leadership


IBM Security Intelligence - Security thought leadership by Christopher Burgess

IBM Security Intelligence – Security thought leadership by Christopher Burgess


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RSA Conference Blog – Security Thought Leadership by Christopher Burgess


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Cisco – Security Blog – Security thought leadership by Christopher Burgess


International  Media

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Cyber security – Intellectual Property Theft – Privacy – Espionage – Spying – Diplomacy – Information Security

Prevendra: BBC WHYSRussia – Espionage – Snowden – Intelligence Services – Privacy – Security

Prevendra - Voice of AmericaInformation security – Russia – China – Cyber Security – Espionage – Privacy – Intelligence

Prevendra - El Pais de Madrid Government – Social Networks – Social Media – Privacy

Prevendra: Ultimo SegundoCyber Security – Snowden – Privacy – Government – Privacy – Social Networks – Social Media

Prevendra - CNNSenior Online Safety, Red Folder, Comcast Newsmakers

Prevendra's CEO Christopher Burgess on BBC News HourInternational Affairs – Espionage – Russia – China – Cyber Security – Putin – Snowden – Intelligence – Intelligence Community

Prevendra's Christopher Burgess Interviewed on Bloomberg TVCybersecurity – Snowden – Russia – China – Privacy – Safety – Intelligence

Prevendra - Caijing Business MagazineChina – Cyber Security – US-CERT – China-CERT – Hacking – Information Security – FBI – NSA – MSS – PLA


Domestic Media

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KIng5Online Safety – Cyber Security – Senior Online Safety

Prevendra - KIRO7 Online Safety – Scams – Identity Theft – Get Jesse – Cyber Security – Medical Protected Health Information – HIPAA – Personal Identifying Information – AARP – Scam Jams

CIA – Espionage – Security – Big Data – Entrepreneur

 AARP – Online Safety – Cyber Security – Senior Online Safety

Security – Intelligence – Security Awareness

Prevendra - HSTInsider Threat – Information Security – Security Awareness

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Prevendra - ABC World News Tonight Identity Theft – Data Protection – Personal Identifying Information – Data Breach – Cyber Security

Prevendra - Sioux City JournalSecurity Awareness – Red Folder – Online Safety – Cyber Security – Senior Online Safety – Intellectual Property Protection

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AARP_Web_Logo Fraud Watch Network – Senior Online Safety – Cyber Security – Scam Jams 2014 – Online University 2015

Prevendra - Seattle InteractiveCyber Safety – Cyber bullying

Prevendra - Carnegie Mellon Cylab Social Networks – Big Data – Senior Online Safety – Red Folder – Cyber Security – Information Security

Prevendra - Mayo ClinicSocial Networks – Social Media – Privacy – Protected Health Information (PHI) – Personal Identifying Information (PII) – Security